Learning to lead well requires a combination of "learning and doing," writes Wally Bock. Accept that mistakes are a part of growth and commit to the work that gets less fanfare, such as working side-by-side with teams to model the behavior and performance you expect, he writes.
When a developer turns over control of the association to condo owners, the owners and new condo board will need to take several key action steps. Once the owners elect a new condo board, the board will need to choose a company to manage the property, establish a bank account and enlist the services of an auditor.
An HOA in Arlington, Texas, went inactive three years ago, but now its residents are at a loss regarding what to do about the community's damaged dam. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says the dam must be removed or permanently repaired or the residents will face civil action.
The Carnelian Woods Townhouse Association in Carnelian Bay, Calif., has been awarded the Firewise USA designation and is the first community to receive the distinction in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The HOA's fire mitigation efforts started in 2006.
An HOA in Johnson County, Ind., is contending with the vandalism that's causing safety hazards on playground equipment in a community park. "We are saving up some money to buy some more lights for here in the park, and we're also going to put some nice lights on the walking path," the HOA president says.
A World Economic Forum survey of more than 12,000 executives across the world revealed that cybersecurity, a weak government and energy price shocks are among the biggest risks to businesses this year. "Cyberattacks are seen as the No. 1 risk for doing business in markets that account for 50% of global GDP," said Lori Bailey, global head of cyberrisk at Zurich Insurance Group.
The Souls Grown Deep Foundation has reached a deal to provide five additional museums, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art, with $1.6 million worth of art and sculpture from African-American artists from the South, for $455.000. The organization, which previously gave the Metropolitan Museum of Art gifts including works from the quilters of Gee's Bend, Ala., says the project supports its long-term goal to get more works from black artists into the nation's leading art institutions.
About $23.4 billion worth of food goes to waste in Canada each year, and groups like Toronto-based Second Harvest are working with producers and retailers to collect fresh food that would otherwise not be consumed and deliver it to charities. Walmart has committed to cutting food waste, and the Walmart Foundation plans to give $14.3 million to groups tackling food waste in Canada.
The Humana Foundation, the charitable arm of insurance group Humana, will distribute $7 million in grants to nine community organizations in focused on nutrition and other social factors linked to poor health. The organization has set a goal to help specific communities become 20% healthier by 2020.
The Miami Foundation raised $10.1 million for 758 nonprofits serving Miami-Dade County during last year's Give Miami Day, and hopes to surpass that total during 2018's 24-hour giving day, which begins Thursday at 12:01 a.m. The organization will add a bonus to every donation between $25 and $10,000 made through the givemiamiday.org site.